Category Archives: Biomass Gasification and Pyrolysis

Downdraft Gasifier

As we saw in Figures 6.4 and 6.6, the cross-sectional area of a downdraft gasifier may be nonuniform; it is narrowest at the throat. The hearth load is, therefore, based on the cross-sectional area of the throat for a throated gasifier, and for a throatless or stratified downdraft gasifier, it is based on the gasifier cross­sectional area. The actual velocity […]

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Gasification for Syngas Production

The two main routes for production of syngas from biomass or fossil fuel are low-temperature (~<1000 °C) and high-temperature gasification (~>1200 °C). Low-temperature gasification is typically carried out at temperatures below 1000 °C. In most low-temperature gasifiers, the gasifying medium is air, which introduces undesired nitrogen in the gas. To avoid this, gasification can be carried out indirectly by one […]

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A typical biomass energy system comprises farming, collection, transportation, preparation, storage, feeding, and conversion. This is followed by transmission of the energy produced to the point of use. The concern here is with the handling of biomass upstream of the conversion system—that is, a gasifier in the present context. Biomass farming is a subject by itself and is beyond the […]

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